‘when you get to start the day picking fresh vegetables at sunrise in Italian gardens’
It was barely sunrise at Masseria Palombara when my alarm went off & I rolled out of bed into the shower. With the sun slowly rising, I threw on my most casual attire and made myself a cup of tea while my hubby was waking up at a much slower pace. Angelo, the owner of the masseria had arranged a morning for us with the farmers, to help them pick the days produce from the garden. We picked up zucchini flowers that were going to be used for breakfast ricotta pancakes and a bunch of imperfect vegetables, organic and self grown. From tiny eggplants to all sorts of chilis, the experience was beautifully calming yet raw, a blissful way to start the day in the south. Before 7 am, farmers were hard at work picking away all sorts of vegetables and almonds were drying on the grounds that had just been picked from trees and Angelo’s labs Joy and Blue accompanied us in the gardens as we did our thing. The golden sun rose beautifully in this picturesque countryside and dried the moist of the leaves. Post garden, it was time for a dreamy breakfast that included everything from lots of coffee to home-made yogurt to pancakes and eggs, fresh fruits and freshly baked bread. The breakfast setup is incredibly photogenic, which makes it not only a feast for your taste buds but for the eyes as well.
Everyone loves the idea of sustainable ecological living and it’s quite the treat in Masseria Palombara, where you get to experience the authentic Apulian way of life and dip your hands in soil first thing in the morning and see where it all comes from.